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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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[address] !command

Execute Unix command in a shell. If address is specified, use the lines contained in address as standard input to command, and replace the lines with the output and error output. (This is called filtering the text through the command.)

Examples

:!ls              List files in the current directory
 :11,20!sort -f    Sort lines 11-20 of current file

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